Thursday, 12 August 2021

Cherish Hard - Nalini Singh

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Book: Cherish Hard
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Hard Play, #1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 14th November 2017

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌜
Date Finished: 12th August 2021


Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.


I picked this up as a freebie last year some time after using the Chapters interactive story app and reading the story that way.

This starts with a prologue. We see a young - 16, I think - Sailor at a college party where he becomes entranced by a college aged redhead who gets humiliated in front of the entire party. Then we jump forward several years and Ísa - the redhead - is now a teacher and can't help but admire the shirtless gardener doing the school grounds. They bump into each other outside and Ísa, in a moment of madness, kisses him but there is something about him that seems familiar and she runs away, humiliated. Only the gardener isn't willing to let the fiery red head get away.

I remembered quite a lot of this considering it has to have been over a year since I read it on the Chapters app. I really liked Sailor, he's this great guy who is determined to catch the girl who escaped him years ago while also building his business into something amazing. Ísa is the heir to a fortune but is unwilling to take money from either of her parents companies and is determined to make it on her own while also helping out her various younger siblings.

Their romance was equal parts hot and sweet. They were a little like rabbits with the amount of sex they had but you could see they were really starting to fall for each other with the little things they said and did. They were actually pretty perfect for each - when Ísa got over the fact that he was younger than her, anyway.

I'm intrigued by Nayna and Raj's romance since we keep seeing bits of their relationship throughout this one. I would love to read their journey and possibly the rest of Sailor's brothers stories, too.

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